Thinking beyond the COVID-19 crisis: heritage-based opportunities for rural regeneration

Which opportunities for the future of rural areas after the COVID-19? How to turn challenges into opportunities to enhance permanent social resilience in rural areas?

On the 8th of July, RURITAGE experts discussed this issue with representatives from the EU Commission, the Council of Europe, and the European Network for Rural Development.

Below you may find the full presentations from the speakers:

Simona Tondelli, project Coordinator, UNIBO: RURITAGE EU vision paper

Stefano Dominioni, Council of Europe, Cultural Route programme (CoE): The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme. Tools for rural regeneration in the post-Covid 19 context

Flavio Conti, European Network of Rural Development, ENRD: Rural responses to the COVID-19 crisis in Europe

Giulia Facelli, DG RTD, European Commission, and Victoria Beaz-Hidalgo, EASME, European Commission: R&I and Horizon 2020 initiatives to tackle COVID-19 crisis

Maciej W. Hofman, DG EAC, European Commission: EU cultural policy and culture in rural areas: current topics and upcoming initiatives

Helen Williams, DG AGRI, European Commission: Overview of Commission Coronavirus response initiatives relevant for agriculture and rural areas

Innovative Methodology for Heritage Management and Planning

First public RURITAGE webinar on Methodology for Heritage Management and Planning. During a 90-minute webinar, our experts Claudia de Luca (University of Bologna) and Javier Lopez (Consulta Europa) talked about how natural and cultural heritage can be used as an engine for regeneration.

Heritage-led strategies for rural regeneration

Following last January’s first webinar that presented the innovative RURITAGE methodology for heritage-led regeneration strategies, in this second edition, the overall approach of the project was presented and participants had the chance to know our partners, learn more about the methodology and have a first-hand insight into what it was achieved so far in our path to transform rural areas in sustainable development demonstration “laboratories”.

Good Practices and Knowledge Transfer

Following the second webinar that presented the overall approach of the project, the third public webinar focused on the innovative strategy of knowledge building & sharing for rural space that RURITAGE is implementing.

How to build and implement heritage-led regeneration strategies

On previous webinars, participants were presented to the overall approach of the project and the RURITAGE's methodology for heritage-led regeneration. A first-hand insight into what was achieved so far and the process for Knowledge Building and Transfer was also presented. The latter includes the analysis and systematization of best practices and lessons learnt, collected amongst the project's participants.
In this fourth webinar, the focus was on the next step of our methodology: supporting rural areas in capitalizing that knowledge to design and implement sound and valuable heritage-led regeneration strategies. This process is done through a co-development approach, based on several workshops and activities aimed at engaging stakeholders and targeted to design an action plan.
A co-implementation phase is now underway, where the designed strategies are applied and monitored to ensure their success. The objective is to contribute for the development of a deep sense of ownership and responsibility amongst the inhabitants of rural areas, mainly through engagement and collaboration with local stakeholders who represent key players in this task.